The Prince George’s, Md. County Police Department has brought charges against the driver who crashed her car into a Clinton, Md. daycare.
The driver was identified as 44-year-old Stacey Porter of the 1900 block of Savannah Place in Southeast, D.C. Porter is charged with driving under the influence, fleeing and eluding police and related traffic offenses.
According to police, on Nov. 12 at about 11:25 p.m., patrol officers were called to an armed robbery of a convenience store on Fox Run Drive in Clinton. En route, officers spotted a car speeding on Fox Run Drive near the store and tried several times to stop the vehicle on nearby Woodyard Road.
Each time, Porter initially slowed down, appeared to stop, then sped back up. Porter eventually lost control of her car while trying to make a turn and crashed into the garage of a daycare on the 7900 block of Woodyard Road.
As police officers approached to talk to Porter, the car caught on fire. The officers rushed to retrieve their fire extinguishers and were able to save Porter from the burning car. The police officers then quickly cleared the daycare to ensure no one was inside. The fire did extensive damage to the garage.
According to Washington D.C. NBC affiliate WRC-TV, no one was inside the day care at the time of the accident, but officials later deemed the building unsafe. Porter suffered minor injuries to her face and ankle and was hospitalized.
The owners of the daycare told ABC affiliate WJLA that they had no idea about the crash and fire until they heard about it on the news the following morning. They said the facility, which serves about 50 children, will be closed for several more days.